13th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Honorable Mention, Manipulated Images


"Good Old Eggs"
By Steven Shpall

About Steven Shpall

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Over President's Weekend in February, Steven Shpall, 51, attended a family reunion in San Diego. Interesting ideas often come from family gatherings, and a carton of eggheads is no exception.

"I was trying to do a family portrait," Shpall said, "and I wanted to do something different."

Shpall had previously played with the concept and thought it would work well with his family. He first gathered family photos from past events. Using Photoshop, he masked selected facial features to reduce the images. Next, he laid the portraits over the eggs in the carton. The entire process had little effect on the ability to recognize each family member.

"Even with a few features, you could still identify who it was," said Shpall, who is a past Weekly Photo Contest winner.

Shpall, a dermatologist, has lived in Palo Alto for 17 years and constantly takes photos. Who knows what he'll have for next year's contest.

--Jaime Marconette

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